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The Princess Diaries [Mass Market Paperback]

Meg Cabot
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June 14 2001 Princess Diaries (Quality) (Book 1)
She's just a New York City girl living with her artist mom...

News Flash: Dad is prince of Genovia. (So that's why a limo meets her at the airport!)

Downer: Dad can't have any more kids. (So no heir to the throne.)

Shock of the Century: Like it or not, Mia Thermopolis is prime princess material.

Mia must take princess lessons from her dreaded grandmére, the dowager princess of Genovia, who thinks Mia has a thing or two to learn before she steps up to the throne.

Well, her father can lecture her until he's royal-blue in the face about her princessly duty -- no way is she moving to Genovia and leaving Manhattan behind. But what's a girl to do when her name is Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo?

2001 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers (ALA), Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL) and 2001 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA)


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Mia Thermopolis is your average urban ninth grader. Even though she lives in Greenwich Village with a single mom who is a semifamous painter, Mia still puts on her Doc Martens one at a time, and the most exciting things she ever dreams about are smacking lips with sexy senior Josh Richter, "six feet of unadulterated hotness," and passing Algebra I. Then Mia's dad comes to town, and drops a major bomb. Turns out he's not just a European politician as he's always lead her to believe, but actually the prince of a small country! And Mia, his only heir, is now considered the crown princess of Genovia! She doesn't even know how to begin to cope: "I am so NOT a princess.... You never saw anyone who looked less like a princess than I do. I mean, I have really bad hair... and... a really big mouth and no breasts and feet that look like skis." And if this news wasn't bad enough, Mia's mom has started dating her algebra teacher, the paparazzi is showing up at school, and she's in a huge fight with her best friend, Lilly. How much more can this reluctant Cinderella handle?

Offbeat Mia will automatically win the heart of every teenage girl who's ever just wanted to fit in with as little fuss as possible. Debut author Meg Cabot's writing is silly and entertaining, with tons of pop culture references that will make teens feel right at home within her pages. This is a wonderfully wacky read. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A teenager living in modern-day Greenwich Village in New York City discovers that she is now the heir apparent to the throne in a European country, in this novel, soon to be a motion picture starring Julie Andrews. Ages 12-up.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Princess you can relate to July 10 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm an adult and I simply adored this book! Cabot has the teen voice down pat, plus she doesn't sugar-coat the real issues and situations that face high school girls today. I think Mia is a great, solid female character that will have girls of all ages relating to her in some way or another. A word of caution, though: don't expect to find the Disney movie in this book! This "Princess" is nowhere near the screen version. And while I'm a fan of the movie as well, the differences between the two make the book all the more refreshing. Mia is a complete contradiciton: she is what every girl wants to be, yet at the same time she already is every girl. Yes, she tends to whine a little too much, but what fourteen-year-old girl doesn't? "Diaries", though filled with pop references that will likely become obsolete (even now, four years later, how many girls go gooey-eyed for Leonardo anymore?), will no doubt be read for many years on down the line. Reading this series is like making a new best friend!
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By Vanessa
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book earned its one star because of the humor in it. Much of it was unintentional however.
I am amazed this book is in print. Everything but the content is aimed for young girls. It has a few positive messages, but even then contradicts itself later on. I had to read this book to see if it and the movie were acceptable for my little cousin. She almost didn't get to see the movie.
Mia is conatantly complaining. I believe it was in effort to make her sound younger. Which is rather insulting when you think about it. Mia is also sort of dumb. It isn't exactly hard to figure out that maybe there is a deeper reason as to why people are treating her different. The charectors were very cookie cutter and sort of reminded me of The Real World, the TV show that is, all nationalities and stereotypes were accounted for by the end of the novel.
Then, there is the fact that her being a princess is just a plot device. The real story revolves around how if you change your looks the most popular guy in school will fall for you, but of course he'll be a totall jerk and you'll find out that your guy friend has been in love with you forever and you like him, too. How cliched can you get?!
The content is acceptable for YA readers, but they would be better off reading the Gossip Girls series. It is simular, but with a better plot and charectors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Princess?!?!?!? May 8 2004
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Mia Thermopolis is your average ninth grader with your average every day schedule: get up, go to school, dream about hot senior (who happens to be Josh Richter), fail algebra, and go home. She has enough on her hands as a teenager living in New York City. However, when her dad comes to visit, he comes with major news; news Mia will NOT like. It turns out that Mia's father is Artur Christoff Phillipe Gerard Grimaldi Renaldo, the prince of Genovia. Mia is already shocked by this news, but that's not the end of what her dad has to say. Oh, no. He also says that Mia herself is not just Mia Thermopolis. She is Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, the princess of Genovia. This becomes almost more than Mia can bear. I mean, she already has enough going on in her life just being a teenager!
I think that this book should be read by all girls everywhere. It is so easy to relate to, and it's really comical! Mia has all the problems of an average teenage girl, and realizing she is a princess does NOT make those problems any better. In fact, they became a whole lot worse! Meg Cabot is so realistic when she describes Mia's situation-at-hand. Mia does NOT want to be a princess and she does NOT want everyone at school to know that she's a princess, either. As if THAT'S ever going to happen! To make matters worse, Mia's mom has started dating her algebra teacher, Mr. Frank Gianini. Algebra just happens to be the class that Mia has a big, fat F in! How is Mia ever going to survive her freshman year at high school let alone the rest of her royal life?
Meg Cabot wrote this book in the form of a diary. I think that this makes it a lot easier to understand Mia's point of view and how she really feels about the whole situation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Response to literature April 19 2004
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In The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, Mia Thermopolis is a regular girl. She is a freshman at Albert Einstein High School in New York City. She has an F in algebra and she likes to hang out with her friends. She seems like a normal teenager, but she is also the heir to the throne of the little country called Genovia. Mia's best friend is a girl name Lilly Moscovitz. She likes this boy named Josh Richter who is a lot more popular than her.
While reading The Princess Diaries, I think that Mia is kind of a drama queen. She blows things way out of proportion. Like when she found out that she was going to get princess lessons from her grandmother every day after school. "Like, people always talk about how God doesn't ever give you more than you can handle, but I'm telling you right now, I cannot handle this. This is just too much! I cannot go to Princess lessons every day after school" (Cabot, 103). She needs to relax!
The title of this book means that the book is written like a diary. Mia, the princess of Genovia, is the main character of this book. She takes three to four diary entries a day. "She [Mia's mother] tells me she wants me to write down my feelings in this book [the diary], since, she says, I [Mia] obviously don't feel I can talk about them with her" (Cabot, 1).
Meg Cabot, the author of this book, gave me another new idea of a new writing technique that I could use. Instead of telling about the setting and characters at the beginning of the book, she tells little details of them throughout the whole book. I like that because you're not rushed to tell everything at once. "She [Mia's mother] can't go out with some guy she met at D'Agostinos or wherever. Oh, no. She has to go out with my Algebra teacher" (Cabot, 27).
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a gem
I have all the princess diary books! They are great! Mia has to deal with stuff everyone goes through like: being picked on by the cheer leaders, having no breasts a parents... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Jenn
5.0 out of 5 stars First in the series...
I really enjoyed this book. After seeing the Princess Diaries movie, I thought I should read the book. It was not like the movie, but in a pleasant way. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Adele
5.0 out of 5 stars GREATEST Book ever
Great book. Finally there is a good princess book. It is a long read but worth it, so very much worth it. Mia is a normal girl who has no clue she is heir to the Genovian throne. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by "moneybagz777"
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
The entire Princess Diaries is fabulous. I read these books in a day or a day and a half, and I am not a big reader. I just got the 5th one and am in the middle of readng it. Read more
Published on May 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good book
I thought this book was very good. It's funny and entertaining enough that you always want to keep reading! Read more
Published on May 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Books!!!
After seeing the movie, The Princess Diaries, and hearing that they were based on a book i right away went out and bought the books. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Allison
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I enjoyed the book The Princess Diaries because it was very intresting and fun to read. I starting the Princess in the Spotlight and I hope it's as good as the Princess Diaries. Read more
Published on May 7 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Princess For Life!!
The Princess Diaries, written by Meg Cabot, is about a girl named Mia Thermopolis who lives in New York City with her mother. Read more
Published on April 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars FAN-TAS-TIC BOOK
This is an amazing book. Meg Cabot is my favorite author of all time. I saw the movie, the princess diaries, and it dissapointed me especially because i already read the book... Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by jen
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